Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP)


The new federal LIHWAP provides financial assistance to low-income Californians to help manage their residential water utility costs. Established by Congress in December 2020, this federally f​unded program helps low-income households pay down their outstanding residential water or wastewater bills. California has been allocated $116 million in one​-time funding to provide LIHWAP assistance. ​

The Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) is the designated administering agency for LIHWAP in Ca​​lifornia. Through LIHWAP, CSD works with a network of community-based local service providers to help low-income households pay down their outstanding residential water and wastewater utility bills.​

To receive help, you must:
  • Have a water or sewer bill
  • Meet the income guidelines
  • Water system MUST be enrolled in the program 

Golden State Water Company is enrolled to receive Direct Payments from the California LIHWAP. Customers must directly apply and qualify for LIHWAP to receive assistance. For more information about how LIHWAP can help your household pay down your past due water or wastewater bills, how to apply and find a Water Utility Assistance Provider in your area, please click here. 

To apply for LIHWAP, you will need to provide:

  • Completed application
  • U.S. Government issued ID with photo for the applicant
  • Last four weeks of income verification for all household members or current CALFRESH/CALWORKS printout
  • Water/sewer bill